Part TWO of my Influenster ‘haul’… ‘unboxing’…’review’? Included in my Lancôme VoxBox was the Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate. So today – I am going to give you my thoughts on it!
The Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate is available in omgsomany different sizes! Prices seem to range from $20 for a travel size to $178 for a biggun’. I received the 1 oz size, which will run you $78.
All sizes of this product come in a very heavy glass bottle with a dropper – fancy pants!
This ‘serum’ (even though it is really more of an essence if you think about the step in which you apply it) promises to target: radiance, elasticity, firmness, skin tone, and smoothness. They also list all these enticing looking percentages based on only 34 women in a clinical study (probably conducted by L’Oréal, Lancôme’s parent company). But in just a few moments of googling, I have found that L’Oréal & Lancôme have been in hot water multiple times in the last decade over this exact product line and its claims through marketing. A complaint was even filed with the Federal Trade Commission.
They also link to a lot of reviews and praise on a website skincare.com about this product – but you guessed it! Skincare.com is owned by L’Oréal.
So. I take ‘clinical trials’, claims listed, & even reviews, with a grain of salt. Except for my reviews – mine are legit 🙂
When anything makes such heavy claims as this, I like to thoroughly comb the ingredient list. I am no scientist or dermatologist, but I know a thing or two about ingredients. And I can usually glance at a few and know which one is supposed to do what.
However – the active ingredient in this bad boy is Bifida Ferment Lysate. And I don’t know that one. Most of the research about this ingredient is published by none other than L’Oréal.
But supposedly what it is is a form of probiotic bacteria that they claim helps calm and sooth ‘reactive’skin, like rosacea. I typically trust Paula’s Choice’s opinion on ingredients, and she doesn’t say to stay away from it (although she does point out that other antioxidants can pretty much do the same thing).
This formula is not lacking notable ingredients – ones that with continued use would absolutely improve your skin’s appearance. There is Hyaluronic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Adenosine & Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine (the last two are new to me too!) Adenosine has proven anti-wrinkle benefits and Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine can help reduce the depth of wrinkles (according to a study performed by its manufacturer…)
My biggest issue with this product and formula is the inclusion of such sensitizing ingredients like Denatured alcohol and fragrances. I mean – this thing smells VERY strongly. And there is no skin care benefit to any of those ingredients. I have a hard time recommending something that costs SO much – when it has those unnecessary things in it.
ON THE SKIN
I’m not sure what they mean for this to be, but to me – all signs point to ESSENCE. This is supposed to be applied before all your other skincare. And the texture is very watery – so following the general guidelines of lightest to heaviest, this would go before everything else.
Recommended Reading: Do You Need an Essence in Your Routine?
It sinks in right away and I notice no pilling or sitting on top of the skin. There is no irritation, however, there is that very strong fragrance and alcohol scent. So the potential for irritation is there.
AFTER 7 DAYS
This serum is supposed to give me “more radiant skin in as little as 7 days.”
So I used it for 7 days, AM & PM. Did I take before & after photos? No, I did not. What do I look like, a professional?
What I did do is notice – well…nothing really. Nothing special. If you read my blog post about needing an Essence, then you know I feel that is an essential part of a skincare routine. So using an essence every day, AM & PM does have an effect.
My skin was smooth, hydrated – it felt nice and supple. Clear. It was fine.
But did this one do anything super spectacular that my $20 one from Ulta (without alcohol and fragrance) couldn’t do? NO.
I would not purchase this product and, in fact, I have already gifted it along to my mom (along with the other Lancôme items in this VoxBox). I figured she would have more fun trying these things, and I have way too much skincare to pilfer through as it is!
Maybe over time, this does amazing things. And maybe after she uses the bottle up, she’ll come to me and sing its praises! But for me – it won’t be part of my routine.